Freud's Stories: Case History as Literature

Eugene Lang College Lib Arts: Literary Studies

Liberal Arts

Undergraduate Course

Degree Students

Freud's Case Histories

Spring 2020

Taught By: Emma Lieber

Section: A

CRN: 7110

Credits: 4

This course will examine Sigmund Freud’s five major case studies—colloquially called “The Wolfman,” “The Rat Man,” “Dora,” “Schreber,” and “Little Hans”—as pieces of literature, and as texts that raise the question of the relationship between psychoanalysis and literature, attending throughout to the various genres (the short story, the Victorian novel, the memoir) that Freud was drawing on as a writer. We will further read various post-Freudian commentaries (by Jacques Lacan, Jacqueline Rose, Jane Gallop, and others) on Freud’s cases as a way of refining these questions. Additionally, we will read works of literature that might be considered case studies in their own right, as another way of asking what literature and the case study as a form have to do with each other. These may include: Ivan Turgenev’s “First Love,” Franz Kafka’s “The Metamorphosis,” “William Shakespeare’s Hamlet, or Henry James’s “The Turn of the Screw”.

College: Eugene Lang College Lib Arts (LC)

Department: Literary Studies (LLST)

Campus: New York City (GV)

Course Format: Seminar (R)

Max Enrollment: 18

Add/Drop Deadline: February 4, 2020 (Tuesday)

Online Withdrawal Deadline: April 12, 2020 (Sunday)

Seats Available: No

Status: Closed*

*Status information is updated every five minutes. The status of this course may have changed since the last update. Open seats may have restrictions that will prevent some students from registering. Updated: 5:50am 1/26/2020 EST

Meeting Info:

Days: Wednesday, Friday

Times: 10:00am - 11:40am

Building: Eugene Lang 65 W11th

Room: 464

Date Range: 1/22/2020 - 5/8/2020